Trade Ministry to facilitate import, export for private sector

Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply Yousef Al-Shamali. (Photo: Twitter)
(Photo: Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply)
AMMAN Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply Yousef Al-Shamali reaffirmed the government’s seriousness in cooperating with the private sector to boost industrial and other exports, Ammon News reported.اضافة اعلان

The minister pointed to the important role played by the private sector in supporting the Jordanian economy, and employing national manpower. He said the ministry will form a committee to follow up on the issues of industrialists and investors, and that it will be headed by the ministry’s secretary-general to resolve any future hurdles.

The comment came during Shamali’s meeting with the industrial sector at the Amman Chamber of Industry on Saturday. 

The meeting was attended by his ministry’s secretary-general, the director-general of the General Organization for Social Security, the director-general of the Standards and Metrology Organization, the general controller of companies, the director-general of the Civil Consumer Corporation, the director general of the Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO), the director general of the Vocational Training Corporation, the director of the Skills Development Department, and the deputy director of the Development and Employment Fund.

Shamali pointed that the Economic Modernization Vision set a road map for the next stage to advance and support the national economy, as the focus during the coming period will be on vocational and technical training.

He said that nine councils have been established, all from the private sector. They are capable of determining their employment needs, which will lead to reducing the unemployment rates. He expressed hope that Jordan will have 100 percent purely Jordanian workers in factories across the Kingdom.

With regard to hurdles which industrialists may face with the Customs Department, Shamali said that there is a reform project at the Customs Department, which outlines dealings at border crossings.

He said the project, which will see the light soon, will facilitate and simplify procedures for importers and exporters, as all the regulatory authorities working on the borders will operate under the umbrella of the Customs Department.

That, he added, will ensure that there are no delays in executing transactions. He pointed out that the cost of time and money paid at border crossings are the lowest in the region.
Studies showed that an increase in exports by JD2 billion can create about 80,000 new jobs. ...
Shamali said that the new draft social security law is still under review, and that some of its articles are be reconsidered. 

He said it was important to support the national exports, and enhance the competitiveness of Jordanian industries locally and abroad, as the government is considering to set up an international exhibition center that will contribute to promoting national industry.

Shamali said that the government continued to delay the entry of Jordanian trucks into the Palestinian territories. But he added that the reason for the delay was due to the Palestinian Authority endorsing the port of Aqaba for its imports, which put pressure on the land ports because of a lack of sufficient Palestinian trucks to transport the inbound goods.

Transportation of goods between Jordan and Palestine is back-to-back, he noted. He said that the government, in coordination with the Palestinian side, is studying the possibility of establishing a bonded customs area.

Shamali explained that the Kingdom’s economic situation is stable and witnessing growth. He said the economy has passed the fifth review of the International Monetary Fund’s mission to Jordan earlier this month. The visit, he noted, resulted in raising the Kingdom’s credit rating to B+, which makes it attractive, with no complications for investors.

Fathi Al-Jaghbir, head of the Jordan and Amman chambers of industry, confirmed that the meeting is the first of its kind that the chamber organized with officials concerned with industrial work in the Kingdom. He said the meeting discussed issues of concern to the industrial sector.

Jaghbir explained that the increase in national industrial exports contributes to alleviating the unemployment problem in the Kingdom.

Studies showed that an increase in exports by JD2 billion can create about 80,000 new jobs, which requires enhancing the competitiveness of national industries by reducing production costs, especially with regard to energy and transportation prices, providing skilled and qualified labor, and applying reciprocity with countries that put obstacles in the way of industrial exports to it.

Jaghbir called for facilitating the entry of Jordanian industrial products into the markets of the civil consumer institution, as well as addressing all obstacles to the entry of these products to malls and major markets in the Kingdom.

During the coming period, the visits of industrial delegations organized by the government with the chambers of industry contributed to increasing national exports to several target markets, he said. He noted that the Export Support Fund recently launched by the government with a capital of JD90 million over three years, will contribute significantly to stimulating national factories to increase and diversify their exports to foreign markets.

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